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when i was with my grandmother everything became scared. to us drone attack travels to washington to tell congress how it was destroyed and her grandmother was killed. this week angered by n.s.a. spying and fails to get explanations from u.s. officials on germany turns to edward snowden to get about the tapping of. brazil. we hear from n.s.a. leaks reporter glenn greenwald who says u.s. intelligence will continue to harvest data despite outrage from the public and its allies. behind the. reports from inside guantanamo
prison a dozen detainees are still on hunger strike in a bit of protest over the indefinite detention and mistreatment. in the back of the top stories from the past seven days and the latest developments this is the weekly. pakistani family who lost their grandmother in a cia drone strike traveled to washington this week to testify before congress. the emotional briefing where family members are asked u.s. lawmakers why their home was targeted in the first place. this was the first time actual victims of u.s. drone strikes were in congress and apart from the congressman who initiated this briefing i saw only four other members of congress it's no secret the u.s.
congress generally approves of girls strikes so it's very difficult to expect the sudden change of heart even though hart was with these drone victims were appealing to one of the would twenty fourth of last year a u.s. drone strike left this pakistani family devastated the nine year old girl and her thirteen year old brother nearly escaped death that day their sixty seven year old grandmother was killed while picking vegetables in the garden. i no longer love blue skies i prefer the gray skies the drones do not fly when this kinds agree and for a short period of time the mental time and fear eases but when this kind of the dreams return and so does the fear you know this family has never been abroad out of their home in north waziristan and the father of this family said he looked at the life around here. he wished his children to be able to walk the streets not afraid of being bombed at any moment. my mother was killed my children were injured i'm so
glad that people are going to hear our story that's why we came to america we have no idea why our village and my house was targeted. the family came to washington of course hoping to get answers for why they have to live in fear every day i have no idea why my grandmother was killed when the drone hate i was outside with my grandmother everything became dark i was scared so i started to run then i noticed my hand was bleeding so i tried to clean my hand but blood kept coming out but i was very scared so i just kept running. we also learned that the u.s. government did not grant peace to the lawyer of this family prominent practice any lawyer who has sued the cia in the past on behalf of the victims of drone strikes in pakistan four hundred fifty thousand vocalisation of. she living in a concentration camp they're being picked on this is off what kind of clothes if someone has long or someone's driving. s.u.v.s and this is how they're being
targeted and at the same time they're not really in a position to leave the area the purpose of this briefing was to put a human face to drone strikes there's a short chance that in congress the tragedy of this family will fall on deaf ears but there is hope that the public corporate notice in washington i'm going to check out. the u.s. claims few civilians have been killed by the three hundred seventy six drone attacks which have been launched over the past decade local reports however suggest at least nine hundred innocent people including up to two hundred children have been killed documentary filmmaker robert greenwald took the story of the riemann family and the inspiration for his latest movie and says the public doesn't understand the real consequences of drones people want to believe in santa claus and they also want to believe that there's a simple solution to these incredibly complicated problems when we started reading that the drones were killing only high value targets represented in imminent threat
it doesn't make sense it's just not possible so i think there was a kind of hopefulness yes finally we found a magic pill which is part of it some of it is the fact that american soldiers warrant there so people said it doesn't matter as important is that you know the family is speaking to all kinds of americans people who have a mother will have a father and who look at them and can't justify the killing that we've done and then you have this extraordinary militarily industrial electoral complex bipartisan that agrees that the way to solve problems is by invading occupying and droning we have to change all of our. and the drone campaign in pakistan may have thwarted a chance for peace earlier this week the u.s. strike killed the taliban leader in pakistan just as the government was preparing to start negotiations the details coming up later in the program. but first
a group of e.u. diplomats who travel to washington this week seeking explanations about the n.s.a.'s spying activities left without answers delegation complain the u.s. provided no clarification over eavesdropping on world leaders and whether the white house had any knowledge of it and described america's response as feeble and warned it could aggravate relations specifically has been angered by tapping of chancellor angela merkel's phone germany's considering all the man behind all these leaks edward snowden to help explain what happened the german m.e.p. met the whistleblower here moscow to ask him to give evidence to parliament. i think it's important to work together with mr snowden rather than putting him in prison we'd like more clarity on these allegations and we want to make sure something like this doesn't happen again snowden worked for many years for the cia and n.s.a. so i'm sure he could tell us everything we need to know about the leaked documents
because as we've seen the n.s.a. has been very scarce with providing information i also think that the organization including n.s.a. chief keith alexander aren't always being truthful they once claimed they'll never break german laws on their surveillance operations but tapping the chancellor's phone is not legal that's why i have trouble trusting u.s. intelligence officials. the n.s.a. revelations of triggered something of a blame game in washington state john kerry pointing the finger at the intelligence services claiming the n.s.a. certain operations without letting the white house know. oh. referring there to spying by automatic pilot while the head of the n.s.a. said the country it is policy makers not the intelligence services who select targets and journalist glenn greenwald who's been releasing snowden's leaks says despite
the scandal the n.s.a. will not scale back its activities. and. is going to repeat it continuously for the next several weeks or months almost every country around the world to be very clear objective of it is to not just go bust but to keep it for as long as they can so the big time. if your citizens are here you are also. doing in terms of. n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden has published a manifesto calling on the world to resist the spread of surveillance that appeared in the german magazine der spiegel which is known for revealing leaked classified documents snowden sent this document from moscow to the editors an encrypted channel in the manifesto he insists those who tell the truth are not committing a crime accuses some governments of an unprecedented persecution campaign in
response to his leaks and says everyone has a moral obligation to uphold laws and valleys which limits surveillance and protect human rights for m i five agent and. she supports a manifesto and says whistleblowing should be decriminalised. who is actually breaking the or here because all the ground that the spy agency say they are legally allowed to smile next is appear to be very legally dubious at best what we're seeing in the last decade is the sheer technological scale of the spying it's industrial scale that by and the new technology has allowed it to happen and the laws which is supposed to see and democratically oversee how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century laws and now we're dealing with twenty first century tech. after eight months over a dozen guantanamo bay detainees remain on hunger strike in protest at their indefinite detention and the use of torture the inmates are being force fed in
a brutal procedure that the u.s. military continues to defend autism as does a child can assent this report from inside the prison center. every morning at eight am the u.s. national anthem erupts across the beast that holds america's most scandalous president no one likes to be spit on no one wants to have their own on torture hunger strikes and suicides have marred this place since two thousand and two and they're human beings after all they're there's no reason to expected they enjoyed being here you know we pretend otherwise prisoners held indefinitely in the name of the never ending war on terror whether they're innocent or guilty is not our job right here just to have you know we have the court system determined that in just over a decade a total of seven hundred seventy nine prisoners the majority released without charges today one hundred sixty four remain over half of them cleared for release but still kept locked up. on the other side of the barbed wire.
life is a blast. there's no water in that it's nice there's nothing really bad about here just like any common american town now is awfully scared to come here but i mean it's absolutely beautiful place when you get around other stuff getting around the other stuff is not hard a lot of what goes on here is kept under a thick veil of denial and secrecy camp delta house as a hospital and library and this is also the place where patients are force fed and even though the hunger strike is largely and officially said to be over we know that at least fifteen people are continually being force fed here today the tube is passed down through a person's nostril and pushed all the way down to their stomach before it's passed down the nose we lubricate it in we give the patient a choice do they want to have the key which is a agent who will numb the area or if they want olive oil to lubricate the tube. most of our patients have been using all of the oil
you seem to like it in fact some of our patients are so. used to this they will. describe which nostril they want this while major world medical bodies are in agreement that force feeding is not ethical and should not be practiced the force feeding them i've got my clients have experienced at one time or they've certainly described it as torture the restraint chair that they're strapped into they actually call the torture chair never force feeding takes up to forty five minutes and is performed twice a day the pieces of her the civilian world have said it feel strange i've never heard insisting on. i have not heard that good move beyond nonchalant about the highly criticized practice you might feel differently from the way i might feel uncomfortable has been the most of it i have heard but they don't even believe in what this thing anymore because they know it sounds stupid i volunteer that the procedure be demonstrated on me request declined the prisoners have not met one
another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing that we were tortured used. to the chair they shackled our legs to the ground. strap across and they forced in a tube into our noses never in thirteen years have detainees been allowed to speak directly to a journalist while remaining at get most only leaking statements through lawyers they would love nothing more than to sit down with journalists and just tell them you know about their daily lives but communicating seems to only occur here if someone was it a point where maybe they had been verbalizing a lot of hopelessness we were immediately intervening and trying to assist that person to make sure that there wasn't any thoughts of maybe wanting to harm themselves or in their lives with charts like these often used to pinpoint patients despair you asked them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to point to it we have not had a patient in this area. thank you meanwhile six suicides and dozens of suicide
attempts have taken place at the detention facility we haven't seen any autopsies the u.s. government hasn't released any formal reports or findings we're now inside two active camps at guantanamo camp five fold single cells where the so-called less compliant detainees are held camp number six is one filled with communal cells when officials deem that detainees behave better there will be warded by being allowed to live in groups while detainees are kept away from us what we witness are clean empty prison cells with cozy pajamas colgate toothpaste and maximum security shampoos paraded in front of journalists as proof everything is so much better here than any silly horror stories we all have heard and r.t. . cuba. well some. toxic. chemical weapons production facilities but the whole process hangs in the balance.
the people. news continues here this week syria. chemical and in a successfully dismantle the facilities used to produce toxic weapons but the tough task of eliminating the existing stockpiles lays ahead made harder by the war that continues to rage reports from damascus. dangerous and dirty that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention a brutally tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides
a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed. syria finishes destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents done we eliminate. whatever we can but you know this is a very complicated process complications fueled by so-called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems the train faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate foreign inspectors have managed to visit twenty one of twenty three sites and although they haven't verbally blamed the rebels damascus insists it's doing its share until now. those. sites being visited are under government control and we hope those who are
controlling. the group still them to implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission ever undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapons stockpile in the midst of a civil war with syria actually stopped producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed off two rockets with sarin gas were fired at damascus as suburbs those responsible are still at large the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program is the middle of next year by then damascus must have destroyed or removed its entire stockpile and ambitious timeline in very difficult circumstances policy
r.t. damascus. the head of syria's opposition coalition says he won't take policy in peace talks in geneva until a timetable is agreed for bashar al assad to step down position groups have also been accused of hampering the disarmament if it's middle east on the show i mean the one he believes the reason the syrian government is so happy to help get rid of its chemical weapons is because it removes an excuse for intervention that instead rebels have some their hands on some chemical weapons we've certainly seen in iraq and turkey rebels being apprehended with chemical agents components of chemical weapons in their possession. really important point and this is something i heard from a syrian government official earlier this year the syrian government has for some time now viewed chemical weapons as a liability and a burden precisely for these reasons because potentially rebels could get their hands on small amounts of these chemical agents and use them across the border in
israel or turkey to then justify a military attack against the syrian government so they have been quite pleased that the international community has come together to in fact to rid them of these weapons so that excuse no longer exists. we've always got more stories where if you're on our website at the moment including facing up to reality the operator of japan's crippled fukushima nuclear plant is forced to turn to the u.s. for help in cleaning up the dangerous facility for more details on r.t. dot com where we're closely following the situation in and around the plant. plus a giant party boats the secret behind google's floating structures in san francisco bay it's revealed the four story high barges will travel up and down america's coastline promoting big new wearable google glasses for the details ahead online right now to r.t. dot com. the peace process in pakistan has been derailed after a u.s. drone strike killed the country's taliban leader this week it happened just
a day before a government delegation was set to start negotiations with the group the country's now in a high security alert over fears militants could retaliate pakistan's interior minister accused washington of sabotaging efforts to end violence and a local expert told us he believes it's the pakistani people who will pay the price . the prime minister of pakistan was in washington d.c. only a week back and he had spoken to president obama taken him into confidence regarding the dialogue process and it also made a request for the drone attacks to stop because the taliban pakistan had made it a precondition but the drone attacks must come to an end before they come to the dialogue be able but instead of the drone attacks being stop big continued so anybody who is going to stop or it is going to be the people of pakistan and not the us the united states does not have the right to be judge jury and executor all rolled into one without any authority. the french government proposed eco taxes hit a nerve with the public as thousands hit the streets calling for it to be scrapped
immediately i. french region of britain has been rocked by protests which turn violent police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse angry crowds herding rocks and bottles in response eco tax imposes levies on trucks way more than three and a half tons but has been suspended amid concerns that it could drive companies out of business. at least nine people have been killed by a string of insurgent attacks targeting security forces across iraq in the central city of baquba three policemen were killed and scores injured after three suicide bombers blew themselves up one after the other the surge in violence over recent months has left thousands dead with authorities struggling to contain the bloodshed despite wide ranging operations and tightened security. people including one child died after a ferry capsized off the coast of thailand near the popular resort of the time twenty people remain unaccounted for reports that up to two hundred even though the
maximum limit is one hundred fifty the action is being blamed on an engine problem which caused passengers to rush to the top of the vessel forcing it to flip on its side. the world's first big a.t.m. was opened in the canadian city of vancouver earlier this week the machine allows users to exchange their cyber currency into hard cash and vice versa so here's the bit coin works basically it's a currency used for online transactions and to make it work client set up web what it's hiding their names behind the digital code banks middlemen and tax agencies are all left out reducing the fees but the payment can still be traced next you choose whether to shop online using bitcoins or sell them to any physical currency such as the dollar or euro a bit coins or collected through a process called mining which is basically
a chain of computers cracking codes and getting coins in exchange but it's not all plain sailing last month the f.b.i. shut down the online black market silk road seizing nearly thirty million dollars worth of bitcoins which were demeter from the big coin exchange store in vancouver told us what impact this may have on the digital currency gaining public credibility. i think it definitely has the potential to be revolutionary it basically gets your cash into a digital form where you can send it around the world instantly with no middleman we've got any money laundering policy in place where we limit users to three thousand dollars per day every transaction you make is recorded on a public ledger your name is in it but if somebody wants to find out who is making that transaction it can be done the silk road is a perfect example of the shutting down the silk road. and the black market e.-bay and actually shut down which is actually a very good thing for the currency as a whole as
a lot of you associate associated with a corner just directly with the silk road and so since it's been shut down the currency did about ten percent for both twelve hours and since then people realize that it's not just about the black market and it's actually a legitimate currency and it's actually got over one hundred percent since then well now coming your way very shortly you can find out what happens when a filmmaker takes on a giant food. but before we go here's some of the week's images from b. and then picked flames record breaking journey across russia less than one hundred days before the winter games in sochi and the big flame is continuing its ambitious three day it's already been to the north pole and in just a few days will blast off for the international space station which is passing through the towns and cities of the world's biggest country currently touring russia's north if you get it on t. dot com there is a full selection of videos and photos from the limb pick marathon. a
spanish language teacher in texas has been fired for posing nude in playboy before she became a teacher parents and found out about this demand that she be fired because her past was inappropriate and that it was a distraction the classroom well this was something she did in the past which was legal so this i mean if you pose for playboy you are forbidden to work in a normal world also as a former teenage boy i can tell you that any young attractive teacher will cause a distraction with the boys and wolf you can fire people for being distracting that when they have to fire every teacher with a handicap or abnormal appearance on the other hand though teachers are supposed to be people for children to respect and to look up to and when your spiritual teacher
is willing to sell the good stuff for money to playboy it is a lot harder respect that sort of person and it sure isn't a good example for my daughter this is actually a very complex issue but i can say is that you should really try to fight the temptation to make quick money with some nude photos it could come back to haunt you but that's just my opinion.
we have a media that is corrupted by power mostly by corporate power. to go after your fellow was just a little tiny part of a big investment there in the time a. company with a deep deep pockets sure they're hiring very pass. i think to being a little bit naive if you think that you can take the whole day. and expect to move away without some sort of funny to announce. it was beyond belief i want to bring it back to be done to a participant in a film festival. i think that bold sixteen and games a long time doubt about the credibility of the story.
as a swedish filmmaker and journalist i always took the right to freedom of speech for granted. but as i came to learn it depends on the story you want to tell them. in two dozen and nine and made a film about a court case in los angeles where bonanno workers from nicaragua are suing those food companies for the use of a banned pesticide that they claimed made them sterile along with other serious health effects and in november two thousand and seven the jury in the los angeles court delivered a groundbreaking verdict dold was found liable for malice and misconduct. my hope was to distort would bring about better conditions for the fall workers to produce by us today for dole however.